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Ballet Shoes (BBC-1 2007 with Emma Watson and Victoria Wood)

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UK / BBC-1 – Granada / 1×85 minute episode / Broadcast 26 December 2007

Writer: Heidi Thomas / Book: Noel Streatfeild / Script Supervisor: Jane Burrows / Music: Kevin Sargent / Production Design: Jeff Tessler / Executive Producers: Heidi Thomas, Michele Buck, Damien Timmer / Producer: Piers Wenger / Director: Sandra Goldbacher

The kind of lavish high gloss period piece that the BBC do best, Ballet Shoes, based on the much loved Noel Streatfield novel, was one of the beebs Christmas highlights from 2007. It’s all star cast is headed by a young Emma Watson (Hermoine from the Harry Potter movies) as one of three orphans (she plays Rosalie, the others are Petrova (Yasmin Paige) and Rosy (Lucy Boynton) who are being raised by their eldest sister Sylvia (played by Silent Witness star Emilia Fox)

Of course this being the depressed 1930’s times are very hard indeed but the girls are determined to make something of their lives and persuade Sylvia to enrol them in the Academy of Dance and Stage Training, where each learn not only about fulfilling their dreams but also friendship and overcoming adversity.

The cast alone, which is worth of a big budget movie (and includes the likes of Richard Griffiths, Peter Bowles, Eileen Atkins, Harriet Walter and Gemma Jones) is enough to make this something special.

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Emilia Fox as Sylvia Brown
Victoria Wood as Nana
Emma Watson as Pauline Fossil
Yasmin Paige as Petrova Fossil
Lucy Boynton as Posy Fossil
Richard Griffiths as Great Uncle Matthew
Marc Warren as Mr Simpson
Lucy Cohu as Theo Dane
Gemma Jones as Doctor Jakes
Harriet Walter as Doctor Smith
Eileen Atkins as Madame Fidolia
Heather Nicol as Winifred
Mary Stockley as Miss Jay
Teresa Churcher as Clara
Skye Bennett as Young Sylvia
Peter Bowles as Sir Donald Houghton
Don Gallagher as Mr French
Emma Darwall-Smith as Titania
Isabella Parriss as Cobweb
Jade Longley as Moth
Adrian Lester as Mr Sholsky
Tim Wallers as Mr Montague
Gresby Nash as Leopold Neville
Ebe Sievwright as Valentin Manoff
Ruth Brill as Dancer
Natasha Mould as Dancer
Jack Thorpe Baker as Dancer

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Ape And Essence (The Wednesday Play BBC-1 1966, Alec McCowen)

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In Scifi drama Ape and Essence, based on the novel by Aldous Huxley, a group of New Zealand scientists conduct a survey on a Britain ravaged by atomic war 80 years previously.

Series: The Wednesday Play Season 2 Episode 29

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Alec McCowen as Alfred Poole
Robert Eddison as Arch Vicar
Derek Sydney as Chief
Jenny Lee as Flossie
Yvonne Antrobus as Young Girl
Sydney Bromley as Craigie
Martin Carroll as Director of Food
Hazel Douglas as Mies Hook
John Falconer as Patriarch
Petra Markham as Loola
Ken Parry as Science Praet
Amanda Reiss as Polly
Jonathan Scott as Int. Priest
Fiona Fraser as Part of Crowd
Ann Mitchell as Shaven-Head
Jacki Salt as Mulatto Girl
Carol Blake as Shaven-Head
Gordon Craig as Part of Crowd
Robert Cude as First Man

crew details
Writer: John Finch
Book: Aldous Huxley
Music: BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Producer: Peter Luke
Director: David Benedictus.

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC One
Duration: 1×75 minute episode
Aired From: 18 May 1966

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Plane Makers, The (ITV 1963-1965, Patrick Wymark, Barbara Murray)

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Plane Makers Patrick Wymark

Drama series The Plane Makers took us behind the scenes in the boardroom and shop floor of the Scott Furlong Aircraft Factory. After two seasons the lead character John Wilder took a place on the board of a merchant bank and the series was then renamed The Power Game.

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Patrick Wymark as John Wilder
Jack Watling as Don Henderson
Barbara Murray as Pamela Wilder (Seasons 1-2)
Ann Firbank as Pamela Wilder (Season 3)
Reginald Marsh as Arthur Sugden
Alan Dobie as David Corbett

crew details
Creator: Wilfred Greatorex
Producers: Rex Firkin (seasons 1-2), David Reid (season 3)

production details
Country: UK
Network: ITV – ATV
Duration: 57×50 minute episodes
Aired From: 4 February 1963 – 12 January 1965 black and white

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Running Wild (ITV 1987, Ray Brooks, Janet Key)

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Sitcom Running Wild was about the ups and downs of separated couple, Max and Babs, trying to get on with their lives. In season two Max wants to return to his wife but Babs is not so keen.

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Ray Brooks as Max Wild
Janet Key as Babs Wild
Sharon Duce as Wanda
Michelle Collins as Stephanie Wild
Peter Amory as Rob
Berwick Kaler as Tom Coleman (Season 1)
Brigit Forsyth as Jenny (Season 2)

crew details
Writer: Philip Trewinnard
Producers: Marcus Plantin (Season 1), Derrick Goodwin (Season 2)
Directors: Vic Finch (Season 1), Derrick Goodwin (Season 2)

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: ITV – London Weekend Television
Duration: 13×25 minute episodes
Aired From: 6 March 1987 – 4 June 1989

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